Drape Manufacturer Considers Shift To Making Medical Masks


For nearly 60 years the Lachina Drapery and Blind Factory has been dressing windows in Western Pennsylvania. Now their factory sits idle like thousands of other businesses across America, shut down while we all distance in the effort to stop spreading the coronavirus, COVID-19.

The sewing machines are quiet at Lachina Drapery. Maybe not for long.

Owners Lisa Lachina and her husband Leonard are considering a change they hope could make a difference in the fight against this public health threat.

Instructions for DIY face masks are available online.

Following a guide do-it-yourselfers are sharing online, Lisa had her team make a couple of prototype protective cloth masks. She is hoping she could put her idle workers on task to make thousands of them, to help fill the shortage of masks for healthcare workers.

The next step is finding out whether local medical facilities would be able to use the masks. If so, Lisa says they could start cranking them out by the thousands almost immediately.

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